How much do you know about psoriasis, the chronic autoimmune disease that causes red, scaly patches on the skin?
Every August, the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) sponsors Psoriasis Awareness Month to better educate the public and raise awareness about psoriasis. Affecting approximately 7.5 million Americans, psoriasis is a relatively common skin disorder that causes often painful flare-ups that can last weeks or months.
We encourage you to join us here at ECHO in participating in Psoriasis Awareness Month, a public education initiative that started 20 years ago. ECHO has a close connection with those with psoriasis, as cannabinoids like cannabidiol (CBD) have shown to be a promising treatment agent for autoimmune disorders and skin conditions. We actively support families and individuals facing health challenges by contributing CBD products.
In observance of Psoriasis Awareness Month, throughout the entire month we’ll be sharing information on psoriasis and how cannabinoids like CBD may be beneficial.
Here are some quick facts about psoriasis:
- Psoriasis is caused by a combination of genetics and an abnormal immune response that stimulates skin cells to be produced too quickly.
- Psoriasis is NOT contagious.
- Up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis eventually develop psoriatic arthritis, a type of arthritis related to inflammation that causes joints and tendons to swell and become painful.
- There is no cure for psoriasis.
- People with psoriasis report higher levels of anxiety and depression.
- Studies indicate that cannabinoids can help manage psoriasis through their interaction with the endocannabinoid system.
This year, the National Psoriasis Foundation announced that it’s changing its observation of Psoriasis Awareness month to Psoriasis Action Month. The organization is hoping to encourage patients with psoriasis to take an active role in treating their disease, and has created the theme of “Set Goals, Take Control.”
If you have psoriasis or love someone who does, we encourage you to read up on the research on cannabinoids and psoriasis and learn more about the topical benefits of CBD by visiting our education page. Earlier this year, a study found that topical cannabinoids are effective against psoriasis, eczema, inflammatory skin disease, dermatitis, and in some cases, even skin cancer.